Food trucks parked along many New York City streets pose a potential terrorist threat, says the New York Fire Department (NYFD).
The NYFD’s Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness detailed the possible dangers in a Sept. 14 memo, which was released by Public Intelligence, an open source research project, on Monday.
Entitled “Food Trucks: A Transient Hazard,” the NYFD shares its concerns about food trucks having the capacity to carry not just food, but large amounts of explosive fuel. Since most of the trucks are found in “high profile locations” -- areas near high-rise office buildings with large amounts of pedestrian traffic -- the NYFD concludes that food trucks could have terrorist implications.
The city issued 3,100 permits for food service trucks in 2012. NYFD reports that there is also a black market for permits, which allow the trucks to carry two 20-pound propane cylinders.
Trucks may also have multiple gasoline-powered generators, which can easily be concealed, the NYFD report noted.
The Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness says food trucks could also be used for surveillance by terrorists planning an attack.I HAVE FELT THIS WAS A BIG RISK FOR A LONG TIME.
MOST OF THESE FOOD TRUCKS AND CARTS IN MANHATTAN ARE OPERATED BY MUSLIMS.
IF ALL THESE CARTS AND TRUCKS WERE PROGRAMMED IN A COORDINATED WAY TO EXPLODE SIMULTANEOUSLY - (AN AL QAEDA SIGNATURE), THEN IT WOULD BE DEVASTATING.
I THINK IT COULD BE/WOULD BE TIMED TO COINCIDE WITH MUSLIM DRIVEN CABS BLOWING UP AND MUSLIM OWNED GAS STATIONS IN THE METROPOLITAN AREA BLOWING UP.
IT WOULD BE CRIPPLING.
I AM RELIEVED THAT THE AUTHORITIES RECOGNIZE THIS POTENTIAL THREAT.